Itunes not seeing iphone, vista, USB, error 1611

After 8 hours of work and researching everything on the web and including here, I have restored my Iphone.
Background: Itunes loaded on an toshiba laptop running 32 bit Vista.
After plugging in and my iphone sync, I got the usual update message and finally decided to update. Well during the middle of the update the proceess aborted. I went to restore and that aborted.
1. I tried an new cable and that did not work and started to get a 1611 error.
2. I took the iphone to apple genius and he recovered the iphone from the broken restore and my phone was working with all data lost.
3. I plug the iphone back in at home to restore my back up and Itunes would not see my iphone.
4. I read serveral sites and articles on this site. I found that none of the articles got to the root problem. Several articles on the site need to be updated.
Here are the results of my finding.
1. After you find that your iphone will not connect to Itunes ( thus it does not show up in the device section of the left panel), you need to go to the device manager in windows (go to start - start search - type "dev" - select device manager.
2 Open up the Universal System Bus section. You should see two things if your system is working properly when you iphone is plug in. One you should see the apple mobile device usb driver. Two you should see your card reader. You need to have both of these. If you dont have either your your system is not going to reconize your IPhone. I had one driver in there that said "unknow device". This was not the iphone in error!!!! As stated in articles on this site. This was the Card reader software by Realtek on my system. Because i did not have a card reader i could not see my Iphone.
STEPS to fix.
1. Shut down.
2. Unplug all USB devices.
3. Reboot to safe mode.
4. Delete out all USB drivers.
5 Shut down.
6. This is important!!! unplug your power cord.
7. This is important!!! take out your battery!!
8. Let it sit for 5 minutes with out any power.
9. Put in battery and plug in computer.
10. reboot the machine to normal startup.
11. Let it add all the USB drivers.
12. You should now see your USB card reader. If not try it again.
13. One you have your USB card reader driver. Plug in your Iphone.
You should be working.
Another helpful hint. If you reload Itunes like I did. Which was a wasted step. Because the Card Reader was the problem and reloading itunes will not fix this. Take a backup of the registry key that has your Iphone name. You will save some time.
Good Luck and I hope this helps someone.

What version of Windows Vista are you running (32-bit or 64-bit)? Please note that 64-bit versions of Vista are not supported as stated in the minimum requirements:
In addition to iTunes and Quicktime, you will also want to remove/reinstall Apple Software Update and Apple Mobile Device Support as listed in:
If you are still having issues, you may want to test the iPhone in a new user, or use MSCONFIG to see if there is any software that might be conflicting with the iPhone. For more information on using MSCONFIG, see this article:
Good luck,
Jennifer B.

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